2017 Award Recipients


Dr. Arthur and Elaine Niederhoffer Memorial Fellowship
Yunho Yeom is a second-year criminal justice doctoral student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He earned a Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law. He is a former officer of the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency, South Korea, having served as a white-collar crime investigator, foreign affairs inspector, and on the agency’s illegal gambling squad. His research interests include disparate treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system, spatial trends in crime patterns, South Korean social phenomena, and the intersection of social science and legal jurisprudence.

Dr. James Fyfe Memorial Fellowship
Chris Mercado is a 3rd year doctoral student in the criminal justice PhD program, specializing in policy, oversight, and administration. His research interests include examining police behavior and police/community engagement strategies by analyzing the potential impact of the Ferguson Effect.  He also has research interest in leveraging police policies and programs to strengthen homeland security against terrorism and radicalization.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Chris is 24-year veteran of the NYPD.

Dr. Gerald W. Lynch Memorial Scholarship
Jennifer Peirce is a doctoral candidate in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. Her dissertation research project is a mixed-methods analysis of the recent prison reform process in the Dominican Republic, with a focus on incarcerated people’s perceptions of their conditions. She is also a doctoral Scholar with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in Canada. Jennifer has worked on projects related to criminal justice system reform, violence prevention, and post-conflict issues in Latin America and the Caribbean with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, and several NGOs. Jennifer holds an M.A. from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a B.A. in International Development Studies and Spanish from Dalhousie University.

Outstanding Dissertation Award
Daniel L. Stageman is the Director of Research Operations at John Jay College, a position he has held since 2012. His scholarly work examines the political economy of American immigration enforcement, with a particular focus on the political and financial incentives that drive local law enforcement agencies to participate in immigrant detention. He and his wife Wren Longno have an 8-year-old son (Januario) and a 3-year-old daughter (Mina).